This blog post highlights the four key steps in considering automation: 1. Do you really need automation? 2. What type of automation do you need? 3. What should your initial configuration look like? 4. What are the challenges you may face implementing an automation system?
Central Tube and Bar, Inc. is a leading supplier and processor of high quality, prime tube and bar products including round, rectangular and square tube. They serve primarily large OEMs in a variety of industries, along with fabricators and service centers in eight South Central states. Central Tube and Bar needed a tube laser that could handle larger capacity to give them more machine time and handle more sizes. In early spring, April 2016 Central Tube and Bar had their newest tube laser installed, the Mazak FABRI GEAR 400.
The FABRIGEAR 220 has allowed B&W Trailer Hitches to be the first-to-market with the aftermarket gooseneck hitch for the Aluminum-Body 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty. B&W was able to design, test and release a gooseneck hitch within the matter of days after the trucks were delivered to the dealerships due to the FABRIGEAR. This process is now being done on a Mazak chip machine. This process would have takes a couple weeks compared to a couple days if they started on a chip machine.
With recent changes in Washington, there have been 22 executive orders and an array of Presidential Memorandums and Presidential proclamations issues. With with these changes fabricators are feeling good, here is why.
People with disabilities are making less money yet they are stuck paying a higher price to purchase a mobility vehicle. The cost for a disability van ranges from $40,000 to upwards of $100,000. This is where Eliyahu Rosenbloom found his niche. After researching and visiting multiple laser manufacturers with laser-cutting and automation solutions ranging from $600,000 to $5 million, Rosenbloom decided on the Mazak Optiplex Nexus 3015 Fiber with a 24-shelf compact vertical flexible manufacturing system for FR Conversions.
Recently, Mazak Optonics Corp. introduced a first of its kind laser-cutting machine which utilized a direct diode laser (DDL), the Versatile Compact Laser - Tube 100 (VCL-T100). Now we have announced another direct diode laser, the OPTIPLEX 3015 DDL. This machine has changed the game for high power laser cutting. Direct diode laser technology has shaken the industrial laser-cutting industry, but not everyone understands what it is, how it works or why it has gained such traction.